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Trump will be impeached, but he will not be convicted (www.dailykos.com)

Donald Trump is a horrible person, he is corrupt, likely compromised by the Russians, and he is, I have no doubt in my mind, a criminal. He should be behind bars for his crimes. But he will never be held accountable for his actions.

The Founding Fathers of this nation created a system that was designed to hold elected officials accountable for their actions. That system has been undermined by a memo from the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Council that has never been tested in court, and if it were, it would likely be found unconstitutional. Nowhere in the United States Constitution does it say that a sitting president cannot be indicted for criminal activity.

The system has also been compromised by the Republican Party, a party that is so addicted to power that it refuses to follow the rule of law. The evidence against Trump is damning, yet congressional Republicans are bending over backward to protect him. Why? Why are Republicans vehemently defending Trump?

One reason congressional Republicans are defending Trump is that he is their useful idiot. Now, this worked better when they held both the House and the Senate. But the fact of the matter is that they just need him to push their agenda without question. Trump is not smart enough to know what he is signing, and he is easily manipulated. He is the perfect patsy to sign anything they put in front of him, and will push any agenda he is given: All it takes is to praise him and stroke his ego. Feed his narcissistic fire, and he will do whatever you wish.

They fear him. Look at how quickly Trump turns on anyone who speaks out against him; and when Trump turns on someone, his sycophants also come out for blood. Congressional Republicans fear this, as it could put them in the position of being primaried for their seats, or losing their seats to a Democrat in a general election. Looking at Trump’s polling numbers, I do question why they continue to fear him: He is increasingly unpopular across the country, and his lack of popularity is hurting Republicans more than it helps them.

Mitch McConnell and other congressional Republicans are compromised by foreign actors just as badly as Trump is. It has already come out that Rep. Devin Nunes has been involved in the pay-for-play Ukraine scandalThe Washington Post reported,

The allegation that Rep. Devin Nunes (Calif.) met with Shokin to obtain information about former vice president Joe Biden and his son was made by the attorney for Lev Parnas. Parnas is one of two Soviet-born associates of Rudolph W. Giuliani who were indicted on charges that they broke campaign finance law.

Parnas’s attorney, Joseph Bondy, told The Washington Post that Shokin informed Parnas that he had met with Nunes in Vienna in December 2018.

Which country has the most to gain if U.S. aid to Ukraine aid is held up? Russia. Which country has the most to gain from a weakened United States and broken alliances in the West? Russia. It does not take a rocket scientist to connect the dots. If the Republican Party is not compromised by Russia, I would be surprised.

Senate Republicans have already decided the outcome of the impeachment trial. According to The Washington Post, Senate Republicans and White House officials met to discuss the impeachment trial last week.

A group of Republican senators and senior White House officials met privately Thursday to map out a strategy for a potential impeachment trial of President Trump, including rapid proceedings in the Senate that could be limited to about two weeks, according to multiple officials familiar with the talks.

The prospect of an abbreviated trial is viewed by several Senate Republicans as a favorable middle ground — substantial enough to give the proceedings credence without risking greater damage to Trump by dragging on too long.

In a normal world, the people sitting on the jury for a trial would not be sitting down with a team of people working for the accused. Why would Republican Senators work with the White House on how long the trial should last? One reason: They have already decided what the verdict will be—and it will be not guilty. Imagine being a mob boss working with a jury on how long a trial would last, and what the verdict would be!

Last but not least, the Republican Party is no longer a political party. It is a cult. Critical thought, reasoning, and facts mean nothing to its members. A party that likes to say it supports the military has attacked a decorated soldier, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, for giving testimony in the impeachment inquiry into Trump. Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, without any evidence, tweeted out,

Vindman is neither vindictive, nor is he the whistleblower’s handler (whatever that means). He is a dedicated Army officer who is doing his duty and upholding his oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Blackburn is not the only one attacking Vindman.

Junior and the author of the Federalist article can enlist at any time and find out what it takes to earn a Purple Heart. Vindman is doing his duty to this nation and is serving selflessly. It enrages me to see these Trump sycophants try to tear down men and women of honor to save their own skins.

Donald Trump will not be convicted in the Senate unless the GOP has a come-to-Jesus moment—that much has become clear. Our only path to get rid of him, and the corruption that has infested the Republican Party and our federal institutions, is to make sure we all vote these traitorous motherfuckers out of office in 2020. Every single one of them must go—and once they are voted out of office, we must investigate them, try them, and convict them for their crimes.

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